Pipe Damage from using a snake?

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Old 05-03-18, 11:42 AM
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Pipe Damage from using a snake?

Hi all!

A friend asked me to post a question:

He has a bathtub with an overflow drain on one side, it seems to have started to leak recently (he just bought the place a few months ago). He coincidentally recently cleared a blockage by snaking the main tub drain last weekend-- is it possible to damage drain lines when using a home depot grade snake on a power drill?
 
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Old 05-03-18, 11:52 AM
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Possible...yes, esp with old steel/cast iron pipe. With properly glued more modern PVC or ABS..not as likely. Was this the kind of snake with just the bulbous wire coil on the end? The type that is sort of designed to grab hair clogs? If so, very unlikely to damage pipe, but possible to disturb connections or gasket for the overflow.

The professional heavy duty kind that have a cutter on the end are more likely to create an issue.

Now, if for some unknown reason, someone in the past used the thinwall PVC with slip joint connections (I've seen it), all bets are off.
 
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Old 05-04-18, 07:16 AM
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thanks for reply! I will forward to my friend

I believe this was just a consumer grade snake he used
 
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